.So there they are … glorious and lush and frequently dropping these magnificent bowls.
And Maori used them for medicine but especially for roofing. I was going to have a nikau roof for my first house and I received lessons from marvellous women in Kennedy Bay. The fronds have a pleated groove down the centre like a little drain, so if you place them the right way up, once woven, they naturally guide any water down off the roof. Check out this website for more details of building strategies.http://www.mangatowai.maori.nz/WharenikauA.html